Gunpowder and Graphite


I’ve spent the last few months fishing the updated Orvis Recon fly rod. It’s a solid performing mid-priced rod that can handle a variety of situations. The arrival of my rod in the mail in mid-April did not mark the beginning of my experience with the redesigned Recon. As an employee of the the Orvis rod shop I’ve had my hands on these rods in one way or another since the development… Read More

My first fly rod was an 8’6″ 6 weight. I did everything with that rod, from bass and lake-run rainbows to small stream trout and panfish. A few years later I added a 7’6″ 4 weight which quickly became my preferred rod for small streams. Even though it was a full flex rod it still had the backbone to handle nymph rigs and medium sized streamers. In the late 90’s the 4… Read More

It’s hard to believe that trout season on the streams of New York and Vermont is now open. I’ve fished through freezing temperatures and the occasional snow storm in April before, but never in the middle of the month. I don’t doubt those going after lake run fish will do well, but resident trout populations typically aren’t very active in water this cold. The increased precipitation has also lead to high water… Read More